Saturday, March 05, 2011

Bridging the great divide.

I am the last one to agree with Republican policy.  Why?  Because I believe with every ounce of fiber that those policies and principles are wrong for the country.

However and I mean this with every ounce of my fiber, that there is a 'greater good' to be served in the USA by closing the 'political ideology bridge' with real facts, the truth and what is best for the USA.

Regardless of how Former Governor Jeb Bush urshered in policies for Florida which I strongly believe was adverse to what is best for Florida and were more political than they should have been;  I cannot ignore what is best for the country and I believe he would say the same thing.  The fact that the country needs to be healed of its extremist views which dominated the 2010 elections.  Views that Former Governor Jeb Bush never adhered to or made a part of anyone's reality.  He didn't 'do a go round with Governor Perry or otherwise.  I anyone recalls.

I am pleased to see and I thank the Former Governor Jeb Bush for appearing on the same stage with a President I love dearly and his Education Secretary as they attempt to bring the nation together in the same spirit of cooperation.

I could carry on and on and on with 'What's wrong with this picture?;' but, it would not do the nation any good.  Former Governor Jeb Bush came forward to make a statement about closing the 'great divide' between Democrats and Republicans to find 'the high ground' where what is best for the nation.  There is NOTHING wrong with that picture.

I would sincerely like the rhetorical statements by any party to stop and real progress take place in the USA.  Let's hope this helps.  I sincerely doubt President Obama or Secreatary Arne Duncan are changing their policies or philosophies as to what is best for the country.  There is sincerely ways of closing the gap on what is best for America and it includes the love of family, the ideal of American exceptionalism and what is good economic policy that doesn't kick 'the entire next generation' down the road for the sake of deficit reduction.  There are right ways and wrong ways to seeking the same goals.  Let's hope this joint appearance helps with that understanding.

Personally, from observing President Obama since he took office; many of his policies are strongly based in the idea of 'The Future of America while solving the present problems.' He does this with a love for his daughters.  I don't care if that policy is about the economic stability of the country, education and protecting and preparing our mind trust or climate policy.  He looks at policy from a stand point that includes the next generation and not simply 'here and now.'

I thank him, Secretary Duncan and Former Governor Jeb Bush for taking this valuable first step.


It seems to me two years after its passing, the Recovery and Reinvestment Act is finally reaching the USA economy.

March 4 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama (click title to entry - thank you) said the future of the U.S. economy depends on investing in education to produce "highly skilled" workers as he defended teachers by imploring the nation to honor them.

"The single most important thing companies are looking for are highly skilled, highly educated workers," the president told students and teachers today at Florida's Miami Central Senior High School. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a Republican, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan accompanied Obama on the visit....
The 2010 elections showed a country out of touch with their own realities and reacting to emotionally charged rhetoric rather than a clear understanding of how their government clearly works.  That is sincerely unfortunate in the USA.

The state legislatures that meeting only occassionally every year would not have acted on the 2009 funds until 2010 and the implementation of those funds would not be for another six months or so resulting in late year 2010 and early 2011 job growth.  Then take into account loans to small businesses being delayed due to unavailable bank funds and government legislation to provide those funds and now we are starting to see the result.

The American people can't be this 'dim' about the way their government works, are they?  If so, then why?

In many states across the country the legislation sessions are far different than the way Washington conducts their sessions (click here).  This website shows when sessions were convened and adjourned.  In many instances the legislation sessions are only three months long.  That meant the Recovery Act would have passed the federal legislature and went to signature in February 2009.  Those funds were not available to the States due to their short sessions until 2010.  In the case of Arkansas their fiscal session would only occur on even years, hence 2010 would be the earliest it would have looked at state budgets and funding.

Nothing happens in government as fast as it does in the daily lives of Americans.  Complain if you like, but, that will never change.  It is far different calling everyone to dinner when they first have to receive food stamps funded by federal dollars than it does the dinner table in any American home.

The jobs numbers reflect SPENDING and not CUTTING by the federal system.  I mean get real here.  Unitl there is a recovered economy in the USA the 'cutting' of federal budgets can only be 'ceremonial' and nothing more.

Get real already.  Supposedly 'being real' is what Americans are all about these days, right?  Sure.

There were four states in the USA that didn't even have legislative sessions in 2010 and won't be looking at Recovery money until this year.  The people of the USA are very poorly aware of their government and that allows a lot of lies and manipulation to control elections.  It is a problem.

This is Wisconsin in 2010:

 Last general session convened on January 19, 2010 and the business floor period ended on April 22; no more are currently scheduled. 

This is the legislative session for Wisconsin 2012 (click here)

January 3, 2011 Monday
  • FloorperiodJanuary 11, 2011 Tuesday

  • FloorperiodJan 25 to Feb. 10, 2011 Tu − Th

  • FloorperiodFebruary 22 to 24, 2011 Tu − Th

  • FloorperiodMarch 8 to 10, 2011 Tu − Th

  • Bills sent to GovernorMarch 24, 2011 Thursday

  • FloorperiodApril 5 to 14, 2011 Tu − Th

  • FloorperiodMay 10 to 19, 2011 Tu − Th

  • FloorperiodJune 7 to 30, 2011, OR budget passage

  • Nonbudget Bills sent to GovernorAugust 4, 2011 Thursday